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What's the skinny on Tedesco's (St. Pete)

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jadedgal3 Jan 4, 2008 07:42 AM

I was thinking about going to Tedesco's for lunch tomorrow. I haven't been there for lunch in quite some time (it was always a hit or miss with them). Last time I was there we had brunch and it was pretty darn good. Any thoughts or suggestions for lunch there or any other place?

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    joan RE: jadedgal3 Jan 4, 2008 06:01 PM

    Haven't tried Tedesco's, so I can't speak to that. But I must tell you - and all my fellow chowhounds: last week DH & I biked around the area and stopped at Bella Brava for lunch. Sat outside in the warm sun and I had the best Caesar salad I think I've ever had. It may have been my mood (happy and relaxed) but it was awesome. I think it was described as "char-grilled" - which I didn't realize. It came out as a tight bundle of slightly warm romaine, with grill marks on it! Oh, it was so good - kind of smoky, and garnished with capers, kalamata olives, big shaves of high quality parmesan, and excellent dressing, along with a couple slices of delicious toast. Hadn't bothered with topping it with the usual chicken or shrimp - and it didn't need it. A couple glasses of Merryvale chardonnay topped off this feast, and I was a very happy camper!

    Check it out and see if you agree!

    http://www.bellabrava.net/images/PRAN...

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      jadedgal3 RE: joan Jan 5, 2008 05:09 AM

      Joan,

      I am a frequent eater of everything Bella Brava. And I do agree, the caesar salad is a great twist on what has become a sanitized restaurant item. Next time try the beef or tuna carpacchio as well as any of the pizzas. They are thin crust and have that yummy char bottom from the oven. The pasta bolognese is a standard italian dish but they do it right with lots of subtle flavors!

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